Career Outlook

Employment is expected to grow much faster than average as health care establishments increasingly use physician assistants to contain costs. Job opportunities for P.A.s should be excellent in clinical settings, academia and increasingly good in leadership positions.

Employment of physician assistants is expected to grow 37 percent by 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts the total number of jobs will increase by 39,600 to 145,900 by 2026. According to AAPA, at the end of 2017, there were approximately 123,000 certified P.A.s.

As reported by BLS, AAPA and NCCPA, the median salary for P.A.s is approximately $105, 000. Income varies by specialty, practice setting, geographical location and years of experience. Employers often pay for their employees’ liability insurance, registration fees with the Drug Enforcement Administration, state licensing fees and credentialing fees.